It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Cumulonimbus!


I found the coolest book at Bookmans this evening. It’s called The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney and it’s a half-serious, half-hilarious guide to the grey skies above us.

Using altitude as an organization factor, Mr. Pretor-Pinney discusses each cloud type, where they’re found on earth, variations of the main types, and provides awesomely-captioned photos. In what other book would you find the phrase “cloud pornography”? Or the caption, “Just as it is wrong to draw Christmas trees with the branches pointing downwards, it is also wrong to draw raindrops in the shape of tears. Children who insist on doing so should be severely punished”?

If you’re at all interested in the floating puffs of water vapor hovering above us, I’d give this book a read. It’s pretty freaking great. Totally recommend it!

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2 responses

  1. I like clouds when they produce lightning at night, otherwise they are just annoying for blocking out the sun.

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    1. Haha, it’s opposite down here. When the clouds are out, it’s only 950 degrees outside instead of 1,000 and we can walk down the sidewalk without spontaneously erupting into flame.

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